May 29, 2009: An international panel of experts led by NOAA and sponsored by NASA has released a new prediction for the next solar cycle. Solar Cycle 24 will peak, they say, in May 2013 with a below-average number of sunspots.
“If our prediction is correct, Solar Cycle 24 will have a peak sunspot number of 90, the lowest of any cycle since 1928 when Solar Cycle 16 peaked at 78,” says panel chairman Doug Biesecker of the NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center.
Above: A solar flare observed in Dec. 2006 by NOAA’s GOES-13 satellite.
It is tempting to describe such a cycle as “weak” or “mild,” but that could give the wrong impression.
“Even a below-average cycle is capable of producing severe space weather,” points out Biesecker. “The great geomagnetic storm of 1859, for instance, occurred during a solar cycle of about the same size we’re predicting for 2013.”
The 1859 storm–known as the “Carrington Event” after astronomer Richard Carrington who witnessed the instigating solar flare–electrified transmission cables, set fires in telegraph offices, and produced Northern Lights so bright that people could read newspapers by their red and green glow. A recent report by the National Academy of Sciences found that if a similar storm occurred today, it could cause $1 to 2 trillion in damages to society’s high-tech infrastructure and require four to ten years for complete recovery. For comparison, Hurricane Katrina caused “only” $80 to 125 billion in damage.
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What is not mentioned is that the key is which direction the flares travel in, and how well the magnetosphere is able to deflect and absorb the ‘weather’. If they happen to be pointing towards earth when they flare, the effect will be much greater. If HAARP kills the magnetosphere at the correct moment, as Gordon Logan says is the plan, it won’t merely be our computers that fry, but us. The elites are preparing their underground bases to sit it all out. The regular military will be eliminated, to be replaced by the CIA military equipped with thousands of drones that fly from underground bases.
What if HAARP is also able to direct solar flares? Just a happy thought. The sun is, in any case, to be the next HAARP-facilitated weapon, following on from tectonic energy and hurricanes.